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All films in original version with subtitles
Exterior Night, landmark film of the 1980s
Exterior Night (Extérieur, nuit), a hit when it came out in 1980, is being shown in restored version for the first time. A rare chance to see the film and its director.
After kicking over the traces, jazz musician Léo moves in temporarily with his old aspiring writer friend Bony. They get to know Cory, a solitary girl, by turns aggressive and passive, who works at night as a taxi driver. Relations between the three soon start deteriorating.
Bral on the film and its restoration
“I wanted shots very hard to get from unknown actors (Gérard Lanvin and Christine Boisson) and from well-known ones (André Dussollier). My crew, except for talented soundman and mixer Antoine Bonfanti (who made New Wave films with Godard and others), didn’t know me.
“It was a very carefully prepared film, hard to shoot and then difficult to edit and mix. The final result surprised everyone except me. I’m always looking for tricky shots. Easy ones just aren’t good cinema, or rarely are.
“The ones in the film are fragile. I always knew that and for many years I’ve wanted to restore it, not just to save the negative but to perfect and complete the work done at the time. When I did the digital calibration for my last film (Un printemps à Paris) at Digimage, the artistic and technical director, Angelo Cosimano, who knows Exterior Night well, encouraged me to resume restoring the film.
“Didier Dekeyser (technical director of the film lab LTC and later Eclair) and Cosimano are my close collaborators and they enabled me to get started on the very hard work the restoration involved. I also had support from two great technician friends, photochemical calibrator Patrick Crucy and sound editor Jean Dubreuil, whose skills are priceless.
“Once the visual restoration was finished, the minor restoration we’d done on the sound wasn’t enough. Thierry Frémaux insisted I restore the sound properly. The entire result will be shown for the first time at the Festival.”
Wednesday 14 October (20:00) at the CNP Terreaux
Saturday 17 October (10:30) at the Pathé Bellecour
Sunday 18 October (14:30) at the Ciné 89
(Each screening introduced by Bral)